[Milton-L] Re prelaps seasons: when is a question a good one?

Michael Gillum mgillum at unca.edu
Tue Jan 12 16:53:23 EST 2010


Carl, it's wonderful.

Michael

On Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 1:54 PM, Carl Bellinger <bcarlb at comcast.net> wrote:

>  Couldn't put it down. Here's the whole 16-line set piece:
>
>
> At once as far as Pilgrims kenn they view
> the dismal situation, waste and wilde;
>
> A landscape horrible, on all sides round
> as one great rock-pile lay, and in that pile
> no soil, but merely rock more granular
> served only to surrender stubs of grass,
> casings of tuber, withered shrub, where leaf
> and branch can never bloom, boughs never bear
> that bear for Jim; but stubble without hue
> still des'ccates, and a powdery fungus, sown
> in ever-cracking Frost-heaves underfoot :
> Such place the Early Settlers soon _reserved_
> for those Indigenous, here their plots arranged
> on stoniest ledges, and their portion set
> as far removed from Hull and Beacon Hill
> as from Nantucket thrice to the Isles of Shoals.
>
>
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